Why green ammonia will be the workhorse of EU’s future hydrogen economy

Green ammonia plays a prominent role in the 20 million tonne renewable hydrogen target of the European Commission’s REPowerEU plan. Now it’s time for the EU to put its money where its mouth is, writes Joel Moser.

G7 leaders should not place more value on oil than on Ukraine

Although the EU and the UK agreed sanctions on Russian ships, they are delaying their execution for fear of rising oil prices. Meanwhile, Putin's war is taking innocent lives, writes Svitlana Romanko, urging G7 leaders to take their responsibility and address their overdependence on Russian oil and gas.
Global Europe 28-06-2022

Guess what? Hungary & Co. have no need for opt-out from Russian-oil ban

As the Kremlin cuts natural-gas deliveries to European Union countries, the EU should waste no time closing a loophole in its oil embargo against Russia, write Martin Vladimirov and Kostantsa Rangelova.

Israel’s natural gas windfall in Europe is bad news for Palestinians

Massive capital flows toward Israel and its increased strategic importance in Europe’s rush to acquire independence from Russian fossil fuels will translate into a new geopolitical balance in the Middle East, writes Joseph Dana. 

How to make ETS2 work for climate and people

Social concerns around the introduction of a carbon price for transport and heating fuels (ETS2) are legitimate. But the EU Parliament overshot the mark in its aspiration to cushion households, which becomes apparent in its request for changes to the Social Climate Fund (SCF), write Michael Pahle, Nils aus dem Moore and Benjamin Görlach.

Is REPowerEU the right energy policy recipe to move away from Russian gas?

The recipe for independence from Russian gas is the acceleration of the clean energy transition; its success depends on the use of the right ingredients, write Megan Anderson, Bram Claeys and Jan Rosenow.

Why I am voting in favour of the ETS deal in the European Parliament

Today's European Parliament vote on the revised EU Emissions Trading System is meant to defend a minimum standard on climate action, argues MEP Michael Bloss. "This is unfortunately all we can get with the current majorities in the European Parliament," he writes.

Spend wisely: Use cohesion funding for energy renovation

The EU budget can go a long way towards helping member states achieve higher ambition on energy-efficiency renovation of buildings. But the money must be spent wisely, writes Adrian Joyce.

Navigating towards net-zero power system: it is not the ‘heading’ but the ‘course’

The energy price and supply risks we are facing today are making the decarbonisation of the power sector by 2035 an even more significant challenge. But if we deviate the heading of our ship from the course for longer than necessary, we will lose the course we set for ourselves: cost-efficient power sector decarbonisation, writes Zsuzsanna Pató.

Renewable hydrogen rules: how the EU and industry shot themselves in the foot

On 20 May, the European Commission published two delegated acts clarifying EU rules applicable to renewable hydrogen. But the watered-down rules on renewable energy production following industry demands are endangering the achievement of the EU's climate targets, writes Marta Lovisolo.
Electricity 15-06-2022

Why the EU needs to split its electricity market

The current price difference between renewable energies and fossil fuels is stark and weighs heavily on electricity prices across Europe. A quick solution to this would be to keep the current marginal pricing system for fossil fuels and create a separate market for renewables where prices would be defined at the time of auction, writes Mike Parr.
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Urgency, courage, and smarts: the regulation we need to RePower EU

Europe is wide awake to a new energy crisis. Now, we can and should address our imported fossil fuel dependency at its roots. We can’t do that by buying oil and gas from elsewhere than Russia. That’s not the way...

How EU member states use carbon market revenues to subsidise fossil fuels

Although EU member states are meant to spend at least half of the revenue from the sale of CO2 allowances on climate action, many are using them as subsidies for the installation of new fossil fuel boilers or to reduce energy prices in industry, writes Isa Mulder.

Thorny road to nuclear energy comeback

The process of weaning Europe off Russian gas cannot be done without nuclear being a greater part of the energy mix, argues Alena Mastantuono.

The EU needs to urgently unite behind proposals for a clean power boom

The EU's initial unity in the face of Russia’s war against Ukraine is at risk of falling apart over RePowerEU proposals to lift clean energy ambition. Governments should take confidence in the fact that half of the proposed ambition lift is already decided, argue Pawel Czyzak and Pieter de Pous.

Call to European leaders: do not bury the ETS2

The European Parliament's proposed reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) fails to guarantee emission reductions in the housing and transport sector in line with the bloc's 2030 climate objectives, writes a group of academics and civil society groups.

How rooftop solar PV can help turn the gas valves off

Citizens' demand for rooftop solar photovoltaics is rapidly increasing, and governments should intervene through incentives and better permitting procedures, writes Seda Orhan.
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“New tech inside“: Europe needs to embrace ground-breaking geothermal technologies

The new REPowerEU Plan presented last week by the European Commission is the latest proposal of measures that would speed up the transformation of Europe’s energy landscape. 
Global Europe 27-05-2022

After Nord Stream 2, time has come for Nord Stream 1 to go

Europe made a bold move by shutting down Nord Steam 2 on 22 February.  Now, Germany can and should scale back or terminate flows via Nord Stream 1, writes Sergiy Makogon.

EU must put oil, gas, and mining companies in the spotlight

EU lawmakers have a chance to mitigate the dangers posed by extractives. Oil, gas, and mining operations present major risks and need stricter controls, write Elisa Peter and Robert Pitman.

How new rules to define renewable hydrogen could shape the market

Late on Friday 20 May, the European Commission published rules for calling transport fuels of non-biological origin, including hydrogen, renewable. The criteria is strict, despite industry lobbying, write Corinna Klessmann, Felix von Blücher, and Malte Gephart.

Is nuclear the overlooked solution for Europe’s energy woes?

Following the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Germany sped up plans to shut down all its nuclear plants. Given the current energy crisis, such decisions should be revisited,writes Timur Tllyaev.

Winds of change: How wind energy can help Ukraine and the climate

The European Commission’s ‘REPowerEU’ plan and the recent pledge by Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark to reach a capacity of 150 GW offshore wind power are game-changers for the climate and European energy politics, write Kadri Simson and Dan Jørgensen.

Germany could quit fossil fuels by 2035

Germany could shift all of its current electricity demand onto solar, wind and batteries within the next 10 years for just €35.2 billion per year and could be completely energy self-sufficient by 2035 for less than it currently spends on fossil fuels, writes Nafeez Ahmed.